Cherry Barb likely dying

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What is the water volume of the tank?
48 Gallons
How long has the tank been running?
6 months
Does it have a filter?
yes
Does it have a heater?
yes
What is the water temperature?
76
What is the entire stocking of this tank? (Please list all fish and inverts.)
8 Cherry Barbs
4 GloTetras
3 guppies
2 corydoras
2 cherry shrimp
1 bn pleco
1 nerite snail


Maintenance
How often do you change the water?
weekly
How much of the water do you change?
around 25%
What do you use to treat your water?
Seachem Prime
Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water?
Both

*Parameters - Very Important
Did you cycle your tank before adding fish?
Yes
What do you use to test the water?
Api Master test kit
What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 20
pH: 7.2

Feeding
How often do you feed your fish?
twice daily
How much do you feed your fish?
they are piggies, until i see everyone get something. nothing makes it to the bottom, except for the sinking pellets which get inhaled by the guppies when they notice.
What brand of food do you feed your fish?
Variety, mostly hikari
Do you feed frozen or freeze-dried foods?
no

Illness & Symptoms
How long have you had this fish?
8 months
How long ago did you first notice these symptoms?
3 days
In a few words, can you explain the symptoms?
Laying motionless, until he spasms, then barrel rolls.
Have you started any treatment for the illness?
no
Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase?
no
How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all?
No, apart from he's colored up like he's breeding

Explain your emergency situation in detail. (Please give a clear explanation of what is going on, include details from the beginning of the illness leading up to now)
SO a few days ago, I noticed my largest, darkest male breeding it up as usual, but he'd stop chasing for a moment, and roll by himself, like he's mating.
Today he's lying on the substrate and motionless, then all of a sudden, he'll do a bunch of barrel rolls, then get lodged, or stuck somewhere. I currently have him separated. I guess he's dying, but why? Can a fish breed himself to death? That's all he does. He wants to breed constantly. Even while he's dying. And he's colored up like he's trying to breed.
 

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If the tankmates appear to be healthy & none show obvious symptoms of disease, then it's likely just the noted barb's time to go.
 
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All other fish are eating, actively swimming, and begging for more food. So I'm just not sure. Bummer, he's the biggest most beautiful one I have. Even like this he's still really red, not loosing color at all.
 

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